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Should I place my fish tank on the floor?

fish tank on the floor

Fish tank on the floor

Everyone has to decide where to put the aquarium before setting it up. It may sound simple. In fact, there is more to do than just setting up an aquarium where you want to see the fish. The location of where to place the fish tank is important to the overall health of the aquarium system. This is not only for the pet fish, but also for your own good.

Fish tank problem on the floor

  • Uneven and unlevel floors

Uneven and unlevel are two different things when it comes to aquariums. Uneven floors just as the name suggests, they are floors that are sloped and sag and create an uneven surface.

“Uneven” in relation to the tank and the stand refers to the points of support on different planes of the fish tank, as one corner is higher than the other three, and a lot of stress is concentrated at one point of the tank, not distributed evenly as it should be, and this can result in either a seam letting go, (or just leaking) or a pane cracking. This usually happens gradually until the endurance limit is reached, then things happen quite suddenly.

However, “unlevel” in this situation means that the water is slightly deeper at one end than the other (or front to back), having uneven or unlevel floors can put stress on the glass and/or joints resulting in wet floors. And it is also more common for items that you keep in the room to fall on your fish tank and cause damage to your fish.

As with all the potential problems caused by sloping floors, don’t put your aquarium at risk, the problem must be corrected before the aquarium is placed and filled. Your fish tank is one of your biggest investments. The risk of damaging it could ruin your fish.

How to level your fish tank on the floor

With an unlevel tank, the bottom corners can be shimmed with most things that won’t compress over time, but using too many shims, or shimming more than two corners can result in unstable setup. If a large amount of shimming is required, use thick shims instead of very thin shims. You can also use vertical center braces.

  • Pet Problems

If you are a pet owner, you can have an aquarium in your home as well as cats and dogs which is good, but you can have pets that may be attracted to your fishes and wants to eat your fish which can be bad.

For one thing, by placing your fish tank on the floor, your dog may have to try to reach the tank. Either way, your tank will likely be tipped over, with its contents on the entire floor. This includes your fish.

With fish flapping about on the floor, some dogs, who have high prey instincts thinking fishing can be fun. This happens even when some pet parents have a koi pond in their backyard. Dogs have been known to pull fish out of the pond and eat them.

At that point, your dog can catch your fish and eat. He is only responding to his natural instincts. Therefore, it is not advisable to put your fish tank on the floor, mount it on a stand.

Even if you are okay with watching the fish in a top-down position, it is still not recommended that the fish tank be kept at floor level. It is very easy for someone to accidentally kick a fish tank or drop something into it. Changing water with a gravel vacuum can be hard to do too.

Can the floors support your fish tank?

Fish tanks can be surprisingly heavy when full of water. Water is very heavy. A small 10-gallon fish tank can hold over 70 pounds of water. With the weight of the fish tank, equipment, gravel, it can exceed 100 pounds. It’s a good idea to use a sturdy aquarium stand instead of other furniture.

It is important to know the size of the fish tank to ensure that your tables or floor can handle the load.

Here’s the thing:

It is unlikely that your fish tank will fall off the floor, but you cannot rule out the possibility. Heavy aquariums can cause serious structural damage as the pressure causes water to collapse and ruin the floor.

You can calculate the aquarium load capacity to make sure your fish tank doesn’t fall off the floor which depends on the size and floor layout.

You don’t have to worry about protecting the floor unless you have a monster sized fish tank of 150 gallons. You can easily place a fish tank with less than 60 gallons of water anywhere in your home.

Related questions about fish tank on the floor

  1. The fish tank should never be exposed to direct sunlight or excessively bright daylight.

All new aquarium hobbyists will encounter an algae problem in one way or another. One of the major causes of annoying algae growth in a fish tank is excessive lighting. Extended periods of light or too much brightness can both be problems. You are also running the risk of overheating and temperature fluctuations. Both can be fatal to your fish.

  1. Do not put your fish tank too close to a fireplace, radiators or an air conditioner.

Fish tanks require stable water temperatures for the health of pet fish. Being too close to air conditioning or radiators can cause the water temperature to cool or heat up too quickly. This is very unhealthy for your fish, and can even cause death. if the temperature changes too quickly.

  1. You should not keep the fish tank near the door.

Water transmits shockwaves much stronger than air. If the aquarium is near a door where it is frequently opened and closed, the fish can often become frightened. If they are always scared it is not good for their health.

  1. Use a sturdy stand for your fish tank.

Water is very heavy. A small 10-gallon fish tank can hold over 70 pounds of water. With the weight of the fish tank, equipment, gravel, it can exceed 100 pounds. It’s a good idea to use a sturdy aquarium stand instead of other furniture.

  1. Do not place the aquarium in the middle of a large room.

Place your fish tank in a place where your tank will be supported by a wall or in a corner. Until you are sure the floor is strong enough, or if the fish tank is small and light. It should not be in the middle of the room where the walls are away. Even small to medium sized fish tanks can weigh hundreds of pounds in total. Having the floor collapse is no joke.

  1. Do not place the fish tank on the floor.

Even if you are okay with watching the fish in a top-down position, it is still not recommended that the fish tank be kept at floor level. It is very easy for someone to accidentally kick a fish tank or drop something into it. Changing water with a gravel vacuum is even harder.

  1. Do not set up the fish tank too close to the TV or speakers.

The flashing of the TV screen and the loud sound from the speaker can be such a problem for some fish. Stressed fish will not be healthy fish.

  1. Do not install the aquarium directly above an electrical outlet or power strip

Better safe than sorry. There is so much water in the aquarium. You don’t want the water to get too close to the electricity. However, you will need access to electricity for filters, heaters and other electrical appliances. It is a good idea to install the fish tank at least a foot away from the wall outlet, and no power strip should be at floor level near the tank.

  1. Do not set up a fish tank too far from where you can get clean water.

Regular maintenance of a healthy fish tank requires weekly partial water changes. Being near a tap water can mean there’s less stress on you to carry heavy water back and forth.

  1. Do not place an aquarium where no one can see.

Despite the best care, accidents and the unexpected can happen. The first thing you want to notice is if there is something wrong with your precious aquarium fish. It’s a good idea to set up your fish tank where you can visit often without having to go there specifically for this purpose. So, you can do something about it at the first sign of trouble.

Final thoughts on placing your fish tank on the floor

Choosing an ideal location for both you and the pet fish to enjoy for long periods requires careful consideration. For larger home aquariums, their locations can be relatively permanent as they are difficult to move around later. Think carefully before you act!

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